Below is a letter written to the Wellsboro Gazette. Voting day is coming up quickly and here is an opportunity for those of us who are unhappy with the decisions Matt Baker has been making in regards to the gas rush. The fact that Matt Baker has not had, and will not otherwise, have anyone running against him again means he can be extremely wishy-washy on this subject as well as others. At this point he doesn’t have to take any position and can play all sides in his favor without actually having to be educated about the subjects economic, environmental or health issues that are arising. AND, if he has made an effort to educate himself about them on his own (not from the oil and gas industry spokespersons) then he is truly more interested in selling out to a huge industry that is already bloated with money and getting fatter off our resources. Please read the letter if you are curious or are concerned that you are not being fairly represented by your local representative.
For those who haven't seen my letter in the Wellsboro Gazette. I would really like to get the Democratic nomination by write in since otherwise I need to collect nearly 500 signatures to get on the ballot in November. http://www.tiogapublishing.com/articles/2010/04/29/opinion/letters/doc4bd8a0836c297146754097.txt
Why me?Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:15 PM CDT To the editor; Why am I, a registered Green, asking Democrats to write me in as their candidate for state representative on May 18? In a nutshell, to keep Matt Baker from once again running as a Democrat as well as a Republican. But if you want an issue, how about the upcoming devastation of much of the state? What has Matt Baker done to protect Pennsylvania from the negative impacts of the current underregulated gas rush? Despite ample evidence of problems from places like Texas, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as Dimock, Hickory, Bradford, Waterville and Fall Brook right here in Pennsylvania, Mr Baker continues peddling industry’s pipe dreams that we’re all going to be millionaires and that there is nothing to worry about. He and every other elected official from County Commissioner to President have not just let us down but sold us out to a rapacious industry. Who should decide whether Tioga County is turned into an industrial sacrifice zone, gas industry executives or the people who live here? I am not so naive as to expect to derail Mr. Baker’s well oiled political machine, but I do believe that if enough voters, both Republican and Democrat, made the effort to write me in, he might be reminded that he is supposed to represent the people rather than rich and powerful corporations.
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